- Fees increase
- Congress & Youth Day ticket mailing begins
- Youth Day Registration Closes
- Last day to mail in Congress registrations
- Last day we mail out-of-state tickets
- Online registration ends
- Last day we mail in-state tickets.
Mar. 17 (Youth Day) & Mar. 18-20, 2011
"Hold Firm ... Trust!"
Mantente Firme ... ¡Confía!"
Youth Day T-shirts
So. Cal-ers Only
Email us at
Fees increase after Feb. 4
A reminder that registration fees for the Los Angeles Religious Education
Congress increase after February 4,
2011. The Youth Day fee increases by $5 per
person (from $20 to $25) and the
Congress fee increases $10 (from $60
to $70 per person). Be sure to
register this month — before the fees go
Our RECongress Emailings
highlight some of the events
going on at Congress 2011 —
including added events and a spotlight
on some of the speakers and musical artists coming
to Congress. We also have added our
listing of Congress Exhibitors, so
to check the Web site updated information.
Pass along this emailing or
our link —
to share with friends and
encourage them to sign up for
our Congress Emailing for
updates. If you do not care to
receive future updates, you can
find removal information at the
bottom of this message.
¡Para información en español,
The 2011 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
March 17, 2011
March 18-20, 2011
Congress is held at the Anaheim Convention Center,
located at 800 West Katella Ave. in Anaheim, Calif.
(just across from Disneyland and Disney’s California
See a Yahoo Map
Rates are scheduled to increase after February 4,
The fee for Youth Day is
per person. The fee for Congress, with separate registration
fee, is $60 per person.
You can register for Youth Day and Congress days
online by credit card. For those paying by check,
you can use the forms in the Registration Guidebook.
The Guidebook contains all workshop and speaker
descriptions and one Youth Day form and two
individual Congress Registration Forms per book.
If you need a Guidebook, you can view one or order
See the Guidebook
Theme: Godbook: Everyone Invited
March 17, 2011
ATTENTION GROUP LEADERS: Official Youth Day T-shirts
are available for custom and group pre-orders.
Orders for customized shirts with payment must be
received by February 4, 2011 and general pre-orders
with payment must be received by February 18, 2011.
Shirts ordered after February 18 will be available
for pick-up starting at 8 a.m. on Youth Day at a
booth in the Grand Lobby (south side) of the
Convention Center Arena.
Find out more on the Youth Day page.
Go to RECongress.org/YD
EXHIBITORS LISTING ONLINE
Congress 2011 will
again offer over 250 exhibiting companies — ranging
from religious art to music, and from publishing
houses to educational institutions, in addition to
our own represented Archdiocesan ministries. You can find the
updated alphabetical listing of Exhibitor and now,
also a listing by category.
And don't miss the other events going on in Exhibit
where speakers/authors/artists can sign their books and CDs;
to demonstrate computer-based sites and software;
is all about the hosting Office of Religious
Broadcast Booth where we interview presenters, artists and more;
live on Sirius Radio;
-- Free Souvenir ePostcard
at the Tech Center;
-- Congress Souvenirs
are available at the Information booth.
See the 2011 Exhibitors Page
In 2006, Msgr. James Vlaun was named President and CEO of Telecare, the television station of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and currently hosts three of their syndicated shows: “Good News,” “Real Food” and “Everyday Faith Live.” For the past 21 years, he has also hosted “Religion and Rock,” a nationally syndicated radio show. Msgr. Vlaun has authored two books and is part of a mission team that has offered missions in over 40 parishes. In addition, for the past 13 seasons, he ministers as the Catholic Chaplain for the New York Jets.
18, 2011 - 10:00 - 11:30 am
Period 1 - Session 1-26
"The Medium is the Message: Coffee and Ecclesiology"
Constantly bombarded by media, how can we utilize technology as ministers in the church? What should we be doing as catechists to utilize 21st-century technology to teach the Word of God? Can we keep up with technology and innovation?
You can find these other workshops dealing with the
topic of Media at Congress 2011. Note: These
workshops will not be recorded.
Msgr. James Vlaun
Saturday, March 19, 2011 -
10:00 - 11:30 am
Period 4 - Session 4-27
"Hope Will Not Disappoint! A Media Spirituality for the Minister"
Fr. Richard Leonard
Saturday, March 19, 2011 -
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Period 6 - Session 6-17
"Where the Hell is God?"
Sunday, March 20, 2011 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Period 8 - Session 8-11
"Choose Life! Christian Discernment Today"
Congress 2011 Speakers Topics Page
CONGRESS ENTERTAINMENT SPOTLIGHT
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Convention Center Arena
Donna Peña, Meredith Augustin, Anna Betancourt,
“Music Fills the Soul”
Hungry for lunch…Hungry for love…Hungry for
Jesus…Come get your fill. Join these four gifted
women as they inspire and enrich your lunch hour
with a wonderful musical experience that will fill
your heart with hope and gratitude.
Peña is a composer and performer, residing in
Inver Grove Heights, Minn. Speaking strongly to and
for the Hispanic community in the Midwestern church,
she provides a leadership founded strongly on her
Mexican and Cherokee heritage. While at the
University of Minnesota, she took part in the
Chicano Studies program. As she unites formal
education with top-notch communication skills, she
is able to produce music that serves well the needs
for multilingual worship. In addition to her
incredibly popular song “Digo Si, Señor/I Say Yes,
Lord,” her recorded collections Alma Mia and Against
the Grain as well as A New Heaven, A New Earth, Mass
of the Nations or the collaboration with Marty
Haugen We Come Dancing, provide a broad range of
music and texts for inclusive worship. Peña’s
compositions have been featured on the recording
Cross Culture and also in the collection Music for
Small Christian Communities. She stands at the
forefront of composers who are able to express
ethnic richness through accessible music.
Augustin is Director of Music at the Church of
St. Francis on 31st Street in New York City. A
native of Morgantown, W.V., currently residing in
Brooklyn, N.Y., she holds a Master of Science degree
in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia
University. Meredith started singing at an early age
and her styles run the gamut from jazz to musical
theatre, from spiritual to soul. She has worked in
ministry since the age of 9 as a cantor, accompanist
and choir director for churches. She has also done
extensive work in jazz clubs throughout the country.
Meredith's first self-produced CD "What's Goin' On!"
received rave reviews. Her association with World
Library Publications began in 1995 as a featured
soloist on several of John Angotti's recordings.
Meredith had the pleasure of working with the late
Leon Roberts on his final recording "Come Bless the
Lord." Meredith's two fine solo albums with WLP are
"Come and Go With Me," released in 2004, and "Deep
River," released in 2007. Meredith gives workshops,
concerts and retreats.
Betancourt has been a life long member of St.
Linus Catholic Church in Norwalk, Calif., where she
served as Music Director for many years. She has
over 20 years of experience directing various
choirs, ranging from Spanish and traditional choirs
to handbell, children's and contemporary ensembles.
Anna is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University,
where she studied under the direction of Paul
Salamunovich. She later returned to her alma mater
to work as Assistant Director of Liturgy and Music
for LMU Campus Ministry. At the Archdiocesan level,
she has served as a music committee member and
deanery representative. Anna has also been a speaker
and presenter at various conferences and workshops
on music and liturgy. Anna has recorded with various
Catholic artists and composers including OCP
composers Bob Hurd, Jaime Cortez and Eleazar Cortés.
She now serves as Director of Pastoral Services and
Liturgy at St. Linus Catholic Church. Anna and her
husband Michael have two children, Matthew and
Buscema is known for her enthusiastic style of
cantoring at the 5:30 p.m. Sunday night Mass at St.
Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica, Calif.,
where she has sung for 26 years For 12 years she has
been the cantor at the 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass at
Christ The King Church in Hollywood. She directs and
leads a concert worship with her six-piece band and
choir at Hope Lutheran Church in Hollywood, where
she has served as Music Director for 13 years. A
composer and Catholic recording artist with various
styles of singing, Helena has released two CDs — “I
Surrender All” (produced by Robert Kochis, arranged
by Tom Booth, Israel Houghton and herself), and a
duet recording with Leslie Smith “How Can I Keep
From Singing,” (arranged by Leslie and Phil Cordaro
and herself). Helena has also recorded with various
Catholic artists and composers including OCP
composers Bob Hurd, Jaime Cortez, Jesse Manibusan,
and GIA composer Chris de Silva. In addition to her
music ministry, she has sung in national TV
commercials, TV shows and features films.
Congress 2011 Speakers Topics Page
Would you like to volunteer at Congress? Congress could not function without the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time. If you have attended the Religious Education Congress in the past and would like to find out more about becoming a Congress volunteer this year, please consider this your "personal invitation."
We have a need for volunteers at Youth Day and for English volunteers at Congress workshops and as Eucharistic Ministers for the two Closing Arena Liturgies. Volunteer positions include Assistants (ticket takers), Chairperson (coordinator) and Master of Ceremonies "MC" (to introduce the speakers).
Volunteers must be available to work FOUR workshop sessions. All volunteers must arrive 20-30 minutes prior to their assigned workshop and stay for the entire length of the session.
A Congress Volunteer meeting will be held on February 22, 2011. For those
interested, additional information and contact information can be found on
the Congress Web site.
See Our Volunteer Page
This year we
have contracted with 28 hotels nearby the Anaheim
Convention Center to offer special rates for attendees. Find a hotel
for Congress using our online 2011 Hotel page and our Interactive
Hotel Map! We suggest making hotel reservations as soon as possible.
When making reservations, be sure to ask for the
Religious Education Congress rate.
BRING YOUR OLD CELL PHONE TO CONGRESS
Last year we witnessed two of the largest natural disasters in recent memory in Haiti and Pakistan. And through the generous participation of Congress 2010 attendees in our Cell Phone Recycling Initiative, we have been able to donate $1,800 to Catholic Relief Services’ emergency assistance to Haiti. Again this year we are partnering with GetGreenToGetGreen.com to collect phones to benefit Haiti and Pakistan.
Bring your old cell phones — working or not — with you to Congress. More than 130 million cell phones are thrown away every year. Don’t throw away electronics that should be recycled. Do your part to recycle your old cell phone — and help us help Haiti and Pakistan in the process.
RECongress Spotlight Page
FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIANS
Grocery Company, a major supermarket chain in the Southern
California area, supports schools, churches and other
non-profit organizations with annual contributions.
The Los Angeles Religious Education Congress is a member
of Ralphs Community Contributions Program. Simply by
using your Ralphs rewardss Card
a portion of eligible purchases are contributed to the
RECongress. (Note: This is an annual program that must
be renewed each year. The current term is September
1, 2010 through August 31, 2011.)
Even if you were part of this program last year, you will need to
update your account again this year. We encourage all
Ralphs shoppers to sign up for the free Ralphs rewards
Card and register their card with the Community Contributions
Program. It’s easy! Every time you shop for groceries
and scan your card at Ralphs, RECongress will automatically
earn up to 5% of all eligible purchases per enrolled
card. Sign up now! It’s never been easier to contribute
to the RECongress.
Organization Name:: Archdiocese of Los
Angeles - Religious Education
Address: 3424 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor,
Los Angeles, CA
Organization Number: 90658
step-by-step instructions and information online.
RECongress Ralphs Program
You can find all Congress information and updates online.
We have begun to add our Exhibitors list for Congress
2011 and are constantly
updating on our Congress 2011 Updates page. Check our site
for updates and announcements.
Find this and past Congress Emailings online at our Emailings page at
Be sure to Sign-up for the Congress Emailing List. You
may opt out from this Emailing at any time from the
Find us on Facebook at